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For the third year in a row, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has come out on top as Singapore’s most popular employer among local graduates and students.

According to the annual barometer of employers, based on a survey of more than 5,400 university students, EY (formerly Ernst & Young) came in second place – jumping up two spots from fourth place last year – followed by DBS in third.

This is the first time the bank has entered the top three of theSingapore Graduate Barometer.

When it comes to what graduates look for when selecting an employer, the survey found opportunities for career progression ranked the highest.

Following this was “being appreciated at work” – a big sign that fresh grads are looking for bosses who give credit where credit is due.

This year’s respondents also expect to work longer hours in their first job, averaging 46.3 hours per week (up from 45.4 hours in 2012) – but they do expect to be paid more to do this.

Grads expect an average salary of $3,424 per month, compared to 2012 when a monthly salary of $3,170 was expected.

The most popular graduate employers for 2013

1. PwC

2. EY

3. DBS Bank

4. Agency for Science, Technology And Research (A*STAR)

5. Allen & Gledhill LLP

6. Ministry of Health (MOH)
7. Barclays*

7. Drew & Napier LLC*

9. KPMG

10. Rajah & Tann LLP

11. Wong Partnership LLP

12. Microsoft*

12. Shell*

14. 3M*

14. Citibank Singapore*

16. Procter & Gamble

17. Goldman Sachs*

17. J.P. Morgan*

19. Marina Bay Sands

20. Unilever

* Tied position

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